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Chemical and Biological Warfare: A Comprehensive Survey for the Concerned Citizen
     

Chemical and Biological Warfare: A Comprehensive Survey for the Concerned Citizen

by Eric Croddy, C. Perez-Armendariz, J. Hart
 

It's now clear that certain groups around the world are fabricating, stockpiling, and unfortunately using chemical and biological armaments. Words that in the not-too-distant past were obscure and seldom heard -- anthrax, smallpox, sarin -- have become impossible to avoid.

Without playing on fears, Eric Croddy uses his extensive knowledge of the technology

Overview

It's now clear that certain groups around the world are fabricating, stockpiling, and unfortunately using chemical and biological armaments. Words that in the not-too-distant past were obscure and seldom heard -- anthrax, smallpox, sarin -- have become impossible to avoid.

Without playing on fears, Eric Croddy uses his extensive knowledge of the technology and history of chemical and biological warfare (CBW) to provide:

- A comprehensive run-down of key CBW agents, with thorough explanations of their chemical or biological characteristics and their effects on humans.

- A realistic overview of what can be done to address threats of CBW attacks, including extensive discussions of how vaccines have been and should be used.

- A careful analysis of the changing tactics of terrorists, and the role CBW armaments may play in their plans.

- An up-to-date assessment of the current state of CBW proliferation -- who has these weapons, and who is likely to use them.

In clear, non-alarmist language, Croddy provides a detailed survey of the key issues related to chemical and biological warfare. He extensively details known chemical and biological agents, describes how they are weaponized, considers the roles they have played in history, and evaluates the actual risk of their being used in today's highly charged geopolitical climate. For the reader who wants solid and level-headed information on the current state of CBW affairs and the likelihood of proliferation, this is an indispensable volume.

AUTHORBIO:

Eric Croddy is a Senior Research Associate at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. His area of focus is chemical and biological warfare, and his research has taken him to the Far East and the former Soviet Union. He is a sought-after expert on CBW weapons, and has discussed armaments issues on CBS, The Fox News Network, and National Public Radio; he has also written extensively for Jane's Intelligence Review.

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"Croddy provides a useful handbook for anyone who wishes to know about chemical and biological weapons (CBW). … Croddy lays out basic information in the beginning and only gradually adds complexity when the reader is ready for it. … Croddy incorporates the latest information, including the changing tactics of terrorists and their plans to use CBW. … Particularly useful is Croddy’s discussion of the current controversy surrounding mandatory vaccination of all US military personnel … . Recommended for both undergraduate and graduate students." (J. Granville, CHOICE, July, 2002)

"Chemical and Biological Warfare: A Comprehensive Survey for the Concerned Citizen provides extensive listings of and information about known chemical and biological agents, while keeping historical perspective and avoiding alarmism." (Morning News Dallas, July, 2002)

"Chemical And Biological Warfare analyzes the key issues related to chemical and biological warfare, detailing known chemical and biological agents, how they may be used in weaponry, and the possibilities of their use in modern conflicts. Readers seeking a technical survey of proliferation and basic concepts of chemical and biological weaponry receive more in-depth information here than in many titles." (Bookwatch, May, 2002)

"In this highly authoritative book, Croddy … provides a realistic assessment of the dangers we actually face from chemical and biological warfare. The author uses his extensive knowledge of the technology and history of such warfare to survey key chemical and biological agents and explain their characteristics and effects on humans." (Joshua Sinai, Journal of Homeland Security, June, 2002)

"‘Be Informed, Not Afraid’ … encapsulates the laudable objective of this book by Eric Croddy … . A historical and factual approach is taken that achieves the objective of informing but not alarming the reader. It provides a succinct appreciation as to which countries still possess those weapons … . Overall, this book is a primer for the concerned citizen, which puts the dangers of chemical and biological weapons into the context of today’s world." (Graham S. Pearson, Biologist, Vol. 49 (5), 2002)

"As the title states, the authors of this book have set out to give the ‘concerned citizen’ a comprehensive overview of chemical and biological weapons. In their descriptions of the various agents they have succeeded very well … . Considerable attention is given to measures for preventing war-induced epidemics … ." (Erhard Geissler, Angewandte Chemie, Vol. 41 (16), 2002)

"The book provides a detailed survey of the key issues related to chemical and biological warfare. For the reader who wants solid and level-headed information on the current state of CBW affairs and the likelihood of its proliferation, it is indispensable." (Chemische Rundschau, Issue 14, July, 2002)

"Without playing with fears, Eric Croddy … uses his extensive knowledge of the technology and history of chemical and biological warfare (CBW) to provide a comprehensive run-down of key CBW agents … . In clear, non-alarmist language, Croddy provides a detailed survey of the key issues related to chemical and biological warfare. For the reader who wants solid and level-headed information on the current state of CBW affairs and the likelihood of its proliferation, this is an indispensable volume." (Science in Africa, April, 2002)

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This excellent overview provides a thorough and balanced account of all aspects of chemical and biological warfare agents, including a history of their use, the names and effects of the various agents, and who has them. While acknowledging that damage can certainly be done by individuals and small splinter groups, Croddy's basic position is that effective CBW attacks are actually very difficult to execute.
Choice
...given the interdisciplinary nature of the topic and the lack of any competing titles, this book will be a useful addition for all academic libraries..
ARBA
This timely reference source is a good addition for libraries of all types..
Parameters: Us Army War College Quarterly
...a single-source reference locator for information published as recently as September 1996...superb subject index...the body of the book has something for everyone interested in the topic...if you work in the nuclear, biological, or chemical fields or otherwise need to do some serious research on chemical and biological agents, plan to spend some time with Eric Croddy's thorough and evenhanded annotated bibliography..
Publishers Weekly
Mustard gas, sarin, hemorrhagic fever viruses, vomiting agents, biological toxins the weapons described in Chemical and Biological Warfare: A Comprehensive Survey for the Concerned Citizen will make a disaster junkie's head spin, but author Eric Croddy, a Monterey Institute of International Studies research associate, is careful to avoid unnecessary alarmism in this primer on unconventional weapons. He describes the various existing chemical and biological weapons, how they work, and which countries own them, evaluating the threat that each kind of weapon poses and the likelihood of its use. For the most part, he argues, this weaponry is still prohibitively expensive. Whether he's right or not, this is a thorough, understandable crash course. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
U.S. News & World Report
...an authoritative guide

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461265207
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
09/28/2012
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2002
Pages:
306
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.03(d)

What People are Saying About This

Theodore Karasik
Croddy's robust study helps CBW experts hone their opinions after the events of September 11, 2001. From armchair generals to scholars everyone should feel informed after reading Croddy's concise and illuminating tour de force on CBW.--Theodore Karasik, Political Scientist, RAND Corporation
Henry D. Sokolski
This is a first-rate primer for students and policy analysts alike.--Henry Sokolski, Executive Director Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, Washington, DC
William C. Patrick III
William C. (Bill) Patrick III, President of BioThreats Assessment, and the "father" of the U.S. biowarfare program. (In the 1960s he was Chief of the Product and Development Division of the Viral Production Facility of the U.S. Army):
"The portion devoted to biological warfare, which I am qualified to comment on, is most informative without getting into the 'how to' business. The book is very readable and addresses all aspects of biological warfare that an informed citizen should know."
A. T. Tu
A. T. Tu, Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO 80523
"For those wanting to know not only about anthrax, but also about all forms of chemical and biological warfare, this is the one book you should have. Simply, there is no other book that describes the subject so thoroughly. . .

. I recommend that the book be on your shelf and is a must-have book for emergency personnel and law enforcement people."

J. Granville
J. Granville, Clemson University
Croddy provides a useful handbook for anyone who wishes to know about CBW. Not presupposing any prior knowledge, Croddy lays out basic information in the beginning and only gradually adds complexity when the reader is ready for it. . . . Croddy incorporates the latest information, including the changing tactics of terrorists and their plans to use CBW. . . . Particularly useful is Croddy's discussion of the current controversy surrounding mandatory vaccination of all US militar personnel . . . Recommended for both undergraduate and graduate students.
John Ellis Van Courtland Moon
John Ellis van Courtland Moon, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of History, a member of Harvard University¹s Chemical-Biological Warfare Study Group and MIT¹s Expert Working Group on Biological and Toxin Weapons Verification
Chemical and Biological Warfare provides the general reader, in clear terms, an overview of a subject that was once arcane but now dominates the headlines. . . . but its dangers are often overplayed by a fervid media which tends to stress its dangers without describing its limitations. Croddy and his associates provide an essential correction to views that have exaggerated the danger to almost mythic proportions. . . an excellent and accessible reference work.

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